After breaking out with Napoleon Dynamite, director Jared Hess hasn’t quite lived up to that comedy (particularly with his last feature), but he’ll have his strongest chance yet with his highest-profile film yet the summer. Starring Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, and Ken Marino, the first trailer for Masterminds has now arrived.
Based on a true story of the 1997 Loomis Fargo Robbery in North Carolina, it follows a night guard at an armored car company in the Southern U.S. who organizes one of the biggest bank heists in American history. Consider our surprise as it looks genuinely funny, albeit clearly taking on a heightened level when it comes to the true story. With Jody Hill and Danny McBride having their hand in the script, hopefully it’s a surprise this summer. Check out the trailer and poster below.
In this action comedy based on true events, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite; Nacho Libre), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people’s money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime.
Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson) and an absurdly faulted heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash…only problem is he foolishly hands the money over to this wild group of double crossers and has been set up to take the fall. With the bandits blowing the millions on lavish and ridiculous luxuries, they leave behind a glaring trail of evidence. Now on the lam and in over his head, David must dodge the authorities, evade a hilarious hit man, Mike McKinney (Jason Sudeikis), and try to turn the tables on the ones he trusted most.
Masterminds opens on August 7th.